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2:45 AM ET, May 19, 2006

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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Record Labels Sue XM Radio  —  As has been widely reported, the four major record labels have filed a copyright infringement suit against XM Radio, based on the recording capabilities included in certain recently-introduced XM receivers, such as the Pioneer Inno and Samsung Helix.
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Yahoo! unveils video sharing site, Finance redesign at analyst day  —  Yahoo! presented its business strategy to analysts yesterday and gave the world a sneak peek at what's to come.  A new advertising system is code complete and currently undergoing some testing and, if all goes well, will be rolled out later this year.
Mike Nowak / ceci n'est pas:
E3 Crabtacular  —  Due to the "me too" nature of a lot of game publishers, pretty much every E3 has a very visible trend, like toon shading or World War 2 shooters.  The trend that was noticeable this year, to me, was crabs.  Yes, crabs.  It became very obvious right from the start during Sony's press conference.
Discussion: Kotaku and Binary Bonsai
Danese Cooper / New DivaBlog:
What Sun Doesn't Want You To Know About Java and Open Source  —  Yes, its been dog's years since I've blogged...but I just couldn't be silent about this.  —  Today at JavaONE my pal Geir Magnusson is announcing that Harmony has full support for SWING/AWT.  This is really big news …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Sam Ruby
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Time to hit the road  —  I had just finished up a panel where one of the smarter start up guys out there (Jason Fried of 37Signals) and I had a panel discussion about VCs and Start Ups.  I made the point about Canada being an amazing place to start up a company while Jason made an almost impassioned plea …
Discussion: Naked Conversations and Valleywag
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
ISP snooping plans take backseat  —  A prominent Republican in the U.S. Congress has backed away from plans to rewrite Internet privacy rules by requiring that logs of Americans' online activities be stored.  —  Wisconsin Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee …
CNET News.com:
Dell opts for AMD's Opteron  —  update Dell has agreed to use Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron chip in multiprocessor servers by the end of the year, ending a long-standing policy of sticking exclusively with Intel.  —  The PC maker made the move public in its first-quarter earnings press release on Thursday.
Seo Book / Aaron Wall's SEO Book.com:
Blog Usability Interview with Kim Krause Berg  —  A while ago I contacted Kim Krause Berg for a usability review, but I threw a curve ball in on her.  I asked her how I could make this blog more usable.  I believe Kim is the first person who has ever offered blog usability review services.
Washington Post:
Google's Goal: A Worldwide Web of Books  —  It's odd to hear Vinton Cerf, regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Internet, to gush over ink-on-paper books.  —  The electronic pioneer and computer scientist, who now works as Google's chief Internet evangelist, is also a bibliophile …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Mark Fletcher presentation at Startup SIG  —  Mark Fletcher spoke about his experience starting ONElist and Bloglines at this month's SDForum Startup SIG in Palo Alto.  Mark has given a similar presentation at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference and at Startup School …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and ben barren
Karen E. Klein / Business Week:
The ABC's of Beginning Your Blog  —  Part Two — Once you determine blogging makes sense for your small business, here's how to get started  —  This is the second of my two-part series on business blogging.  Today: getting started.  My previous column dealt with the pros and cons of launching a blog …
Stewart Butterfield / FlickrBlog:
Help Wanted  —  Starting immediately, Flickr is hiring for the positions below.  You'll notice there are a lot of them!  All of them are newly created positions and represent the first significant expansion of the Flickr team post-acquisition.  We're settled now, grown a few thousand percent …
Microsoft:
Microsoft to Acquire Whale Communications, a Leading Provider of SSL VPN and Application Security Technologies  —  Acquisition will broaden Microsoft's secure access solution.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — May 18, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Skype's Net Neutrality gamble: we'll be so big, they can't stop us  —  James Bilefield, head of Skype's European operations, has a plan for combating telecommunications companies eager to do away with Net Neutrality: get big.  As companies such as AT&T think about cashing in on a "tiered Internet …
Discussion: Realtime-VoIP
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Symantec sues Microsoft over storage tech  —  update Symantec has launched a suit charging Microsoft with misappropriating its intellectual property and with violating a license related to data storage technology.  —  The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
My new Mac  —  The black MacBook is a very nice computer, a clear upgrade from the earlier iBook G4.  People have expressed concerns about the keyboard, but so far it's fine, no problem.  —  Well, that was too good to be true.  I hadn't installed the memory upgrade when I wrote the bit above.
Discussion: clock and Incremental Blogger
sonyericsson.com:
The W850 WALKMAN® phone - a cool slider made for music  —  London, UK- 18 May 2006 - The evolution of Sony Ericsson's successful Walkman® phone range takes another step forward today with the announcement of the UMTS enabled W850.  Sony Ericsson's first GSM/UMTS 'slider' …
 
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Associated Press:
China Mobile says it's talking to Google
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Where's J Allard? Working at Wal-Mart
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Human Smut Scanners Needed At Photobucket And MySpace
DailyTech:
Pioneer Blu-Ray PC Recorder Now For Sale
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechSpot
Thomas J. Fitzgerald / New York Times:
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Samsung's Fuel-Cell Gambit
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